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NAVY AND MARINE CORPS MEDICAL NEWS
SEPTEMBER 15, 2000
Navy and Marine Corps Medical News (MEDNEWS) is a weekly
compendium of news and information contributed by commands
throughout the Navy medical department . Information contained
in MEDNEWS stories is not necessarily endorsed by Navy Bureau of
Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) , nor should it be considered
official Navy policy.
BUMED distributes MEDNEWS to Sailors and Marines, their
families, civilian employees and retired Navy and Marine Corps
families. Further distribution is highly encouraged.
Stories in MEDNEWS use these abbreviations after a Navy
medical professional 's name to show affiliation: MC — Medical
Corps (physician) ; DC - Dental Corps; NC - Nurse Corps; MSC -
Medical Service Corps (clinicians, researchers and
administrative managers) . Hospital Corpsmen (HM) and Dental
Technician (DT) designators are placed in front of their names.
CONTENTS FOR THIS WEEK'S MEDNEWS:
— Orthodontist brings optimization to Zama
— Town hall meetings educate about FEHBP
— NH Jax has newest mender of the ASBS
— Upcoming symposium focuses on health excellence
— TRICARE question and answer
— Anthrax question and answer
— HEALTHWATCH: Does your computer cause eyestrain?
Headline: Orthodontist brings optimization to Zama
By Bill Doughty, U. S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka
YOKOSUKA, Japan - In a joint effort to implement the ideas
of optimization. Camp Zama, Japan recently welcomed its first
orthodontist to its base.
Army Major David Fleming provides orthodontic services to
the Army and Navy beneficiaries and their families from
neighboring Atsugi Air Facility .
"The patient population at each military installation is
too small to warrant a full— time orthodontist," said Capt. Wally
Milnichuk, Commanding Officer of U. S. Naval Dental Center Far
East . "However, when presented as a single catchment area the
family member population showed there was more than enough work
for an orthodontist . "
For many years orthodontists from Yokota and Yokosuka
visited the Zama-Atsugi area to provide braces, bands and wires
to a select few. Unfortunately, this meant reduced efficiency,
inequality, and less continuity of care for patients and
Just prior to the Army— Navy resource— sharing initiative.
Navy dental leaders considered referring patients off base under
the TRICARE Family Member Dental Plan (TFMDP) , but that
alternative was costly.
Each military family served by this joint effort saves
$2, 500 in cost share per family member treated and for some
families another $10 to $20 per month in TFMDP premiums,
according to Milnichuk. That is another $250, 000 in military
family dollars saved each year, he said.
Finally, thanks to this joint resource-sharing venture,
orthodontists at mainland Japan 's major military treatment
facilities in Yokosuka and Yokotan now see about 8.5 percent
more patients at their parent activities and save money
traveling as well.
Headline: Town hall meetings educate about FEHBP
From TRICARE Management Activity
WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense (DoD) has scheduled
several town hall-style educational sessions this fall on the
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) demonstration
The sessions will provide eligible beneficiaries in new and
existing FEHBP sites information about the DoD demonstration
project . In addition, the town hall format will allow
participants to ask questions and hold one— on— one conversations
with the program managers.
The next scheduled town hall meeting will be held in Puerto
Rico, Coffee County, Ga., Humboldt County, Ca. , Camp Pendleton,
Ca., and Adair County, lA. Meeting times are subject to change,
so interested persons should call the DoD Customer Care Center
toll free at 877-DOD-FEHB (877-363-3342) to confirm the times
and locations. For information in Spanish, call toll free at
866-DOD-FEHB (866-363-3342) .
The DoD now has 10 FEBHP sites and 120, 000 eligible
beneficiaries. By statute, the demonstration is limited to no
more than 66,000 total participants. For a complete list of ZIP
codes in the demonstration sites, please visit the Military
Health System/TRICARE Web site at www.tricare.osd.mil/fehbp, or
call the DoD Customer Care Center.
The next enrollment opportunity at all FEHBP demonstration
sites begins Nov. 13, 2000, during the annual open season (from
Nov. 13 through Dec. 11) . Medical coverage for new participants
begins Jan. 1, 2001, and runs through Dec. 31, 2002.
Headline: NH Jax has newest member of the ASBS
By J03 LeaVonda Battle, Naval Hospital Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Naval Hospital Jacksonville commends Lt.
Cmdr. Miguel Cubano, MC, a hospital surgeon, for his selection
into the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) , a
professional organization that studies the advanced specifics of
"Bariatric surgery is a process used to help patients who
have serious medical conditions secondary to obesity. Just
being overweight does not make a patient a candidate for this
surgery, " said Cubano. "For those patients that are candidates
for the surgery, it is instrumental in assisting them to live a
more productive and healthy lifestyle . "
To be nominated is a selective process . Cubano had to meet
the organization's professional criteria and receive a personal
invitation from the organization. Cubano also needed two
recommendations by active members of the society and was subject
to several interviews.
"Being selected into the ASBS is a great honor for me,
because the process is so selective, " said Cubano. "There are
only two physicians in Jacksonville who are members. "
Naval Hospital Jacksonville is the only military treatment
facility that provides bariatric surgery. Military
beneficiaries worldwide are transferred to the hospital for the
Headline: Upcoming symposium focuses on health excellence
By Rod Duren, Naval Hospital Pensacola
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Authors, fitness guru's and a marathon
champion will all be part of the 4th Annual Health Excellence
Symposium November 1—3 at the Beachside Resort in Pensacola
The symposium promotes quality of life and prevention of
illness through an active partnership between the military and
civil i an communi ties.
Registration is limited to the first 450 people who sign up
by October 6. The cost for the 3-day conference is $60. After
that date, the cost is $75. For those attending one day, the
rate is $30. For students, hospital employees, and wellness
coordinators the rate is $20.
Special guest speakers include:
— Dr. Amy Puis, a licensed facilitator for Dr. John Gray's
"Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" teaching style will
be among the headline guests.
— Four-time New York City Marathon and four— time Boston
Marathon winner Bill Rodgers .
— Joe Piscatella: Founder and president of the Institute for
Fitness and Health, a best-selling author and has appeared as
a health authority for numerous TV shows.
For additional information visit our website at
http://psaweb.med.navy.mil/hlth/SYMPOSIUM_00.htm or call (850)
The symposium is co— sponsored by Naval Hospital Pensacola,
Baptist Healthcare, Sacred Heart Healthcare, West Florida
Regional Medical Center, Pensacola Junior College, University of
West Florida, Escambia School District and the American Lung
Headline: Anthrax question and answer
Question: Was the anthrax vaccine FDA— licensed at the time
it was given to Gulf War veterans?
Answer: Yes. The FDA licensed the anthrax vaccine in 1970.
All of the anthrax vaccine administered during the Persian Gulf
War was produced at the Lansing, MI, facility and released
according to the lot-release test criteria for potency, purity,
safety, and sterility.
Headline: TRICARE question and answer
Question: Can my son or daughter, who is away from home at
college, enroll in TRICARE Prime at his college if the option is
Answer: For active duty families, your son or daughter may
enroll in TRICARE Prime as an individual if the option is
offered in his or her geographic area. Retiree's and their
family members will have the option of split enrollments (enroll
as a family in one region and pay one fee but be able to receive
care for children in school in a different region) once all
regions are up and fully functional.
Headline: Healthwatch: Does your computer cause eyestrain?
From Naval Medical Clinic Pearl Harbor
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - People who daily use video display
terminals (VDT) frequently complain of eyestrain . But staring at
a monitor may not be to blame, according to research by the
Prevent Blindness America organization.
The problem may instead be caused by conditions surrounding
the computer screen, many of which can be adjusted to alleviate
the discomfort . According to the Prevent Blindness America
organization, the eye irritation, fatigue and difficulty
focusing may be the result of poor lighting or improper
placement of equipment and supplies.
Pre-existing eye problems may also be a contributing
factor. In evaluating your workstation. Prevent Blindness
America offers some observations about computer use:
- Most users prefer a viewing distance of 20 to 26 inches, a
little farther away than for reading printed text.
- The computer screen should be placed slightly below eye
- Reference materials should be placed on a document holder
and moved close enough to the screen that your head does not
have to move to view the material and the terminal.
- Lighting should be modified to eliminate glare and harsh
For more information about computers and your vision visit
the Prevent Blindness America web page at
ht tp : //www . preventblindness . org/
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